It is looking likely that Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland will wake up to snowy scenes on Sunday morning.
Translation by Traci White
The provinces of Friesland, Drenthe and Groningen are making preparations for the first snowfall of the winter. The snow is not expected to stick around for too long as the weather is set to change on Sunday afternoon, but early risers may get to enjoy a winter wonderland scene.
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that the weather on Saturday will be clear and cold with temperatures remaining barely above freezing, and the snow showers could also mean icy conditions in certain areas of the provinces. The Sunday snowfall should be moving in from the southwest, first passing through Zeeland and Amsterdam before hitting the north.
The Leeuwarder Courant writes that the temperature should remain below freezing on Sunday morning, but is expected to warm up in the afternoon. Strong wind gusts and rain are projected for the end of the weekend.
Northern meteorologist Piet Paulusma, who is the only Dutch weather person to issue a seasonal forecast, has stood by his predications that this winter will be particularly cold, especially in the new year. Conditions seem favourable for skating on natural ice as the canals and waterways freeze over, but that is not looking likely this weekend. A number of open air ice skating rinks have already been set up across the north.